POSTED SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
By Jeff Shultz
The regular Monday night meeting of the Maysville Town Board was moved to Thursday night, September 19, after one town board member had an item added to the board’s agenda concerning a possible OSBI investigation into possible labor polices by Mayor Earl Morton and Police Chief Aaron Glass.
“I wanted to make sure we had our city attorney there so we could address any issues that might come up over that agenda item,” Morton told the News Star.
Town Board Member Cathy Nobles requested the agenda item. Nobles and fellow board member Terri Smith have been working together to expose what they call some illegal activities at the Maysville City Hall.
Nobles and Smith allege that a city employee was allowed to turn in hand written time cards and by doing so padded his time up to 700 hours since the time he was hired by the city.
“That means he could be paid over $12,000 for the time he had written in,” Nobles told the News Star.
“In the short time that I have been on the board I seen time cards that proved he had been late for work 60 times in less than 5 months and his starting time had been written in 21 times but clocked out on the time clock,” Nobles claimed.
Nobles said both Morton and Glass should resign from the board immediately.
When she confronted city clerk Sandra Albright about the issue, Nobles demanded that Glass call the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office and request an investigation into embezzlement.
“The Sheriff’s office directed him to call the OSBI. Chief Glass told me that the OSBI said they would be in contact with him by September 3,” Nobles told the News Star.
Glass told the News Star he did call the OSBI that day and Agent Adam Whitney told him that the allegations made by Nobles and Smith were administrative problems, and did not qualify as embezzlement.
“He told me that the OSBI doesn’t investigate administrative problems in a municipality,” Glass said.
However, according to Albright, Nobles had called Whitney herself to request an investigation and she had an item to discuss the possible investigation on this Monday’s agenda.
And that is what prompted Morton to move Monday night’s meeting.
“I think it’s important that we have (City Attorney Dean Hart) here to give us some proper advice,” Morton said.
This isn’t the only accusation made by the two board members. Other allegations include:
•Improprieties in paying employees “on call time”;
•Questionable accounting errors in the street and alley accounts;
“I never knew a small town could be so corrupt with people I’ve known all my life,” proclaimed Smith.
“It’s really sad.”